Homemade Lentil Barley Stew Recipe
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Homemade Lentil Barley Stew Recipe

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“Green chilies and fresh ginger add zip to this thick meatless stew. It can be served as is or with a tablespoon of sour cream on top,” suggests Erin Monroe from Oviedo, Florida.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 304 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1356mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 15g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the carrot, onion, celery and ginger in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add lentils and barley; cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, water, broth and cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add soy sauce; simmer 20-30 minutes longer or until lentils and barley are tender. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Lentil Barley Stew in Cooking for 2 Winter 2009, p35

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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larain User ID: 3096196 219711
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"We love it! I'ts spicy and so tasty. We like it with sour cream stirred in. Doubling it is a must for left-overs! My husband is a 'meat-etarian' but enjoys this dish."

aburgstede User ID: 2978775 158702
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"We love it. But next time I would double it so we have left-overs for lunch the next day! :) Great recipe and the ginger is excellent in it!!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 104798
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"It's so nice to find recipes for 2, so you don't have a ton of leftovers in the frig, but mine turned out very spicy! I used the store brand tomatoes with green chilies, and they certainly weren't mild! Still, it had good flavor. I just read cookswife81's review, and I'm definitely going to squeeze some lime juice on the leftover bowl."

chef of food User ID: 4344880 177499
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2011

"This was so good!"

rshrdh1 User ID: 3151431 173310
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"Super! will make again and again."

doxie9 User ID: 1088060 113340
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"This is my kind of food. I did not have cumin on hand, so i used chili powder. I will make it again, my husband loved it"

cookswife81 User ID: 264166 100931
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2009

"Very delicious; however the sodium is a bit extreme, the use of low-sodium soy sauce is a moot point when your using other ingredients that aren't low sodium. I might suggest, low sodium ingredients where possible and splash in lime juice to taste. I made this recipe as stated but also splashed on lime juice to taste in individual servings."

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